Okay enough about me and my security issues. Let’s talk about Jesus and his security. Yeah I know. Jesus, God, God, Jesus. Still. Actually, I shouldn’t assume everyone reading this believes Jesus was or is God, but even if you believe he was just a man, you can learn from his ability to handle criticism.
I’m still reading that book about remaining faithful to your true self. I’m at a part where the author writes about Jesus remaining faithful to his true self. He didn’t give in to other people’s expectations. Because of it, he disappointed many–including his friends and family.
I hate it when I disappoint people. If I think my actions or lack of actions might cause another person to be disappointed, I will try to fix it by explaining, justifying or defending, even if nothing has been said. It’s my way of not becoming a disappointment. It’s something I
want need to change.
The other day, I was reading in Matthew where Jesus talks about the cost of following him. He says “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” I think it was his way of saying, just so ya’ know, following me is not going to be all that comfortable.
I like being comfortable.
I’m guessing Jesus’ new friends had a thing for comfort too, but they followed him anyway, right into the midst of a storm, a furious one. Not only did his followers become uncomfortable, they thought they were going to die. The disciples said, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed, and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and waves obey him!” As the journey continued, so did Jesus’ display of extraordinary things.
- He healed two demon-possessed men but was asked to leave town.
- He healed a paralytic and forgave his sins. He was accused of blasphemy.
- He befriended Matthew and was judged.Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?
- He was questioned. How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?
- He was ridiculed. He said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.
- He was told his work was of the devil. It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.
Jesus continued to love, to heal and to change lives. He didn’t concern himself with what others thought about him or the things he did. He was secure in himself and who he was, even if he was no ordinary man.
This is Day 26 of a 31-day series on writing naked. You can find the series in its entirety HERE.
This does not involve the removal of actual clothing. So please! keep them on!